Measuring 20km2 (5,000 acres), Juyuan New Town is the largest project aCTa has been commissioned to undertake. One of 6 new towns being built to accept displaced residents from Dujiangyan, Juyuan is close to the epicenter of the devastating earthquake of 2008. Once completed it will accommodate a resident population of 200,000 people and additional working population of 20,000.
aCTa conceived the master plan and worked with Arup Engineers, Web Structures and Belt Collins landscape architects to develop the concepts for this ecological new town.
With a density of only 0.6 we wanted to achieve 4 key goals-
- To create a town of contrasting neighbourhoods with varying densities
- To promote walking
- To avoid the grid system so typical of new Chinese towns.
- To avoid building set backs and promote building to plot edge to create street containment.
We achieved thse goals by offsetting and clustering the town centre around the many beautiful waterways and main road and rail line.
Density would gradually reduce towards the main river to the West.